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Comment on “Cultural flies: Conformist social learning in fruitflies predicts long-lasting mate-choice traditions”

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Science  11 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6462, eaaw8012
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw8012


The claims of Danchin et al. (Research Articles, 30 November 2018, p. 1025) regarding long-lasting mate preference based on conformity may result from systematic experimental error. Even if mate copying were a genuine phenomenon, it is unlikely to result in persisting culture in the wild.

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